Taking part in the creation of the DITTICO BUFFO NAPOLETANO was for us the most exciting opportunity, in order to bring our surreal and playful illustrated world on the stage. “Play” was the word used by the director Marco Castagnoli to introduce us to these two stories, two interludes from the XVIIIth century, combined with the absurd and attached to the real facts of a timeless everyday life.

Colours and objects drawing have been our tools to give life to the greatest game we have ever played… indeed! A crazy space of scenic acts, a hurdles for ambitious adults, clever and in love, a challenging ground where we move forward throwing dice made of cunning and desires. It was incredible to develop the illustrated project by Dittico Buffo Napoletano together with the creative team, because everyone was able to give us dozens of suggestions and semantic nuances of an evolving dramaturgy, giving us the opportunity to get to those difficult tones of color and shapes that were necessary to drag the audience into a fantastic, visual, auditory and dreamlike adventure.

For Dittico Buffo Napoletano, Imaginarium created the illustrations for the poster and the set design of the Maestro di Musica. A few words on this baroque event, produced by the Teatro Verdi in Pisa, directed by Marco Castagnoli, directed by Maestro Carlo Ipata, the general set design project by Alejandro Contreras and the costumes by Cristina Ricci: these are two enchanting productions linked to 18th century Naples.

The ingenious widow/La vedova ingegnosa consists of two interludes that Giuseppe Sellitti (an industrious Neapolitan chapel master who, at the age of 35, had alrealdy had two important debuts) had composed in 1735 from the libretto by Tommaso Mariani. Rich in connections to the commedia dell’arte, out of moralism and with a hint of amused and light taste for parody and grotesque, it focuses on two characters, the young and witty widow Drusilla, and Strabo, a very rich and fearful doctor that Drusilla absolutely wants to marry.

Certainly it is better known the second oeuvre, Il Maestro di Musica, a pastiche by Pergolesi, an intermezzo in 2 acts, comical, composed on a libretto by Antonio Palomba and based on the Orazio, an opera which was performed by Pietro Auletta in Naples in 1737. Focusing on three characters (an entrepreneur, a singing maestro and his pupil) and on the classic love triangle, Il Maestro di Musica was staged, for the first time, in Paris on September 19th 1752 by the Compagnia di Eustachio Bambini, which had already had a broad echo at the Opera, representing La serva padrona by Pergolesi, which, together with Il Maestro di Musica, gave birth to the famous “querelle des bouffons”.